The effects of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area on national parks and residents of the region have been a point of contention between environmental groups and power companies for years. A coalition of groups has now asked federal agencies to require measures to reduce pollution from the Four Corners Power Plant.
Those traffic snarls and endless searches for a parking place at Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park should soon be a distant memory. Work will get underway next month on the second and final phase of improvements planned for the spot where most visitors get their first look at the Grand Canyon.
High flows of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park that mimic natural ebbs and flows are beneficial for the river corridor, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report. However, the report notes that many of the benefits are erased within six months due to energy demands that dictate releases through the Glen Canyon Dam.
U.S. 89 is a relatively narrow thread of pavement that wends its way 1,600 miles from Glacier National Park in northern Montana to Tumacacori National Historical Park in southern Arizona. Along the way, it passes through five states, past seven units of the National Park System, and through thousands of years of human experience. Ann Torrence captures this sliver of history in words and photographs in a story that is decided off the racetrack known as the interstate highway system.
Can you tell by looking at a wildflower in Yellowstone National Park what the underlying geology is? Or, while hiking through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, can you identify a bird simply by its song? Do you want to get relatively up close to the elephant seals at Point Reyes National Seashore? Here's how you can do all those things and more.
Visitors to the eastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim can't help but notice the Desert View Watchtower, a landmark in the area for over seventy-five years. If you visit the area this year, you'll see considerable work taking place on the historic structure. What's going on?
"Repairing Paradise." That's a somewhat inauspicious title for a book that examines how to restore natural settings in the national parks. But in light of many scenarios that are playing out across the National Park System -- from parks being overrun by elk, deer, and even people to ecosystem subterfuge -- repairs are exactly what need to be made.